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Competition intensifies for the Australian Post
30/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

The Australian Post is getting set for even more competition for parcel delivery after Officeworks introduced its own parcel delivery service, Mailman.... read more.

XPO Logistics goes to Europe for its latest acquisition
29/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

XPO Logistics has made its biggest acquisition yet and as a result, made that much anticipated leap onto the global logistics stage. Yesterday the US-based company announced its intent to acquire French-based Norbert Dentressangle for $3.53bn.... read more.

UPS starts 2015 with double-digit operating profit growth
29/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

UPS’ first quarter earnings seem to have pleased investors as it reported a 1.4% increase in revenue to $14.0bn and an 11% gain in operating profit of $1.7bn. This in turn resulted in a 14.0% increase in EPS for the quarter.... read more.

XPO Logistics catapults to big player status with Norbert Dentressangle acquisition
29/Apr/2015 by Thomas Cullen.

That XPO Logistics makes an acquisition is hardly a surprise. The company’s corporate strategy is explicitly built on buying other corporations. However what is surprising is the target of Norbert Dentressangle; a company much larger than itself that was not apparently up for sale.... read more.

Amazon and Ebay – showing their age?
27/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

Among the pioneers of the dot com revolution, Amazon and Ebay have innovated and expanded to keep up with the ever changing global environment. But has it been enough? Are these two e-commerce titans able to take on the growing number of start-ups as well as the omni-channel strategy adopted by brick and mortars?... read more.

New Chinese FTZs introduced to help spur growth
23/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

The first quarter of 2015 witnessed China’s economy growing at its slowest pace in 6 years at an annual 7.0%. In 2013 the Chinese government took the initiative to create of the country’s first free trade zone in Shanghai to boost growth, its example has led to calls for further zones.... read more.

Opaque picture suggests year-on-year growth for GEFCO
22/Apr/2015 by Thomas Cullen.

GEFCO’s somewhat opaque results don’t answer every question about the company’s performance over the past year, however they do paint a picture of moderate growth.... read more.

As Q2 begins the SLCI suggests a hint of hesitancy is growing
21/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

Slipping 1.0 point to 56.3, the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index has noted a bit of hesitancy in the European freight forwarding market for the month of April. Both air and sea sub-indices recorded declines for the month as a strengthening US dollar and sluggish Asia contributed to the slip.... read more.

Cuba - Potentially a major transhipment hub of the Caribbean
20/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

As Cuba-US relations begin to thaw there’s anticipation of the eventual lifting of the 54 year old trade embargo. The possibilities are great and could position Cuba as a major transhipment hub. But, an emphasis on infrastructure improvements will be necessary to even consider this possibility.... read more.

Alibaba takes on China's healthcare supply chain
16/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

Alibaba is moving its online pharmacy business into its Alibaba Health Information Technology group. The $2.5bn deal gives it exclusive rights to operate an online pharmacy on Tmall, creating a healthcare ecosystem.... read more.

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